Home Alone (NES)

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Home Alone
Home Alone - NES.jpg
Platform: Nintendo Entertainment System
Year: 1991
Developer: Bethesda Softworks
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For other games in the series, see Home Alone.

Home Alone is an action game developed by Bethesda Softworks and published by T*HQ released in 1991. It is based on the John Hughes film of the same name.

In this game, the Wet Bandits, Harry and Marv, have invaded the McCallister residence, and Kevin McAllister (controlled by the player) calls the police. However, it will take some time for the police to get there, so Kevin must avoid the Wet Bandits for 20 actual minutes. The game takes place in various areas in or near the McAllister residence; inside and outside the residence, the basement, and the treehouse. Kevin can go to any of these locations any time. However, he must also avoid the Wet Bandits who chase Kevin throughout. The game's manual boasts that the AI of Harry and Marv are aggressive and programmed to cleverly find McAllister. As a result, Kevin must slow down the Wet Bandits via traps; these are large icons that are scattered throughout the map. Pressing the A button while standing over one will pick it up, although you can only hold three simultaneously. These traps are all traps Kevin used on the Wet Bandits in the movie including a tarantula, paint, and jacks. Each of these traps stun the Wet Bandits for a certain amount of time, depending on the object used. Kevin can also stand above the chandeliers and drop them on the Wet Bandits, though this requires precision due to the extremely fast movement of the Wet Bandits. Kevin can also hide behind some of the scenery throughout the map. However, if the Wet Bandits pass that particular object a certain number of times, they will catch Kevin. If the player is caught by the Wet Bandits, the game is over and the player must start from the beginning with the timer reset.

The game was heavily negatively received by players and critics. They shunned just about everything about the game. Regarding the controls, there are stairs that Kevin can walk up, but doing so is a real struggle with the controller, as the player has to hold up+forward on the D-pad, and it only seems to work whenever it wants to. The game's graphics are decent, but some players expected better for 1991 standards. The music is fast-paced, though none of the memorable John Williams scores made it into the game. The game's ending is also pretty dull, as it's just one screen; not even close to being worth the effort of beating it, and one could argue it would be more rewarding to beat the game for bragging rights above anything else.

One interesting thing about the game is that there were two releases in North America, the only difference seemingly being the Game Over screen. In early copies of the game, Kev McAllister could be seen doing his famous "Oh No!" pose, similar to the game's cover. However, the later, more common releases of the game just show a puff of smoke with the words "Oh No!" written in it.

Screenshots

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The title screen.

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Inside the house.

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Inside the treehouse.

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Hiding in the basement.

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Oh No! (Well-known)

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Oh No! (Alternate)

Music

Home Alone only has five songs; not much for an NES game released near the end of 1991. There's music for each main area of the McAllister home; the house, the treehouse, and the basement. There's also a title theme, as well as an ending theme.

According to George Sanger, Bethesda's original sound designer left, so they paid Sanger $1000 to fly down there and compose the music in only one day. Sanger remembers the music possibly being composed on an Atari ST, but after over 20 years, he doesn't remember the exact software.

Julian said he used Sonix for the Amiga, as it was Bethesda's primary music software. We showed the software to Sanger, who confirmed this was the software he used.

We contacted George Sanger regarding official titles, but said he didn't have any, but would have named the songs after which area in the game they play.

Recording

# Title ComposerArranger Length Listen Download
01 Title George SangerRandy Linden 1:01
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02 House George SangerRandy Linden 2:30
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03 Basement George SangerRandy Linden 1:08
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04 Treehouse George SangerRandy Linden 1:02
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05 Game Over George SangerRandy Linden 0:52
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Credits

(Source)

Though Randy Linden isn't credited for the sound driver, we have received verification that he programmed it.

Game Rip

Formats

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Size

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Ripping NES music is a very arduous process that is beyond the scope of this site.

Audio Devices

This game uses the console's built-in RP2A03 chip.

Releases

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Home Alone - NES.jpg
Title: Home Alone
Platform: Nintendo Entertainment System
Released: 1991-10-??
Publisher: Toy Headquarters

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